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A Case for a Cooperative Economy

Disrupting Business As Usual by Peter Frank I rely every day on cooperative businesses owned and controlled by my neighbors and friends. I buy groceries from Kensington Community Food Co-op, source my energy from the Energy Co-op, bank with Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and Sun Federal Credit Union, and drink coffee and dine at W/N

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Co-op Member Profile: Howard Carson – US Server Net

Howard Carson is one of the founding members of US Server Net, LLC, a managed web services cooperative that has been providing web design and hosting since 1997. US Server Net is made up of two main member groups: designers, developers, writers, editors, photographers and videographers; and small business owners seeking web services. “Members, including

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A Cooperative Coffee Bar’s Worker-Owners Share the Stress, and the Profits

Winners Take All by Katie Bohri Restaurants create a lot of waste. There’s food waste, and the wasted fossil fuels that go into keeping a full menu available year-round. But there’s also a waste of human energy: the energy that workers must spend to manage the stress imposed by an industry that pits employees against

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Co-op Member Profile: Diane Childs – SB1 Federal Credit Union

Diane Childs has been a member of credit unions for 46 years. “My parents got me my first savings account as a child, and I have continued to do my banking only at credit unions,” she explains. Her long-time membership inspired her to eventually become an employee at Sb1 Federal Credit Union. “Knowing that we

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Home Brewing Leaves The Basement, and A New Taxi Co-op Hits the Streets

Drinking & Riding by Justin Klugh Philadelphia has no shortage of home brewers. But not every tech specialist, contractor or middle school teacher who goes home to a distillery in their garage has the know-how of commercial business to take the next step in a crowded craft beer universe. “How do I do that without

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Co-op Member Profile: Bull Gervasi – Mariposa Food Co-op

“I like talking to farmers about their work and seeing the seasons change through our produce selection,” says Bull Gervasi, facilities and produce department coordinator for Mariposa Foods, a cooperative grocery store in West Philadelphia. Gervasi has been a Mariposa Co-op member for 18 years because he believes co-ops are the least exploitative business model

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The Energy Co-op Offers Choice, And Pushes Local Innovation

Plugging Into Community by Justin Klugh Shopping for anything when you have too many choices can mean not making a choice at all. That’s one thing when you’re roaming the grocery store. But when it comes to energy for our homes, many of us are not yet used to having a choice, much less understanding

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Co-op Member Profile: Lauren Nagy – Cooperative 518

“I love the feeling of taking part in a movement instead of going at it alone,” says Lauren Nagy, who co-founded the community farm Cooperative 518 with her fiancé in 2013. “We wanted to give our friends and peers a chance to be an equal in our vision,” she explains. That vision was to turn

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Co-op Member Profile: Neil Camp – Bryn Gweled

Nelson Camp has lived at the intentional community Bryn Gweled in Upper Southampton since 1992. “Our house was built by my in-laws after the second World War, so in a sense, the same family has lived here since the mid-’40s,” he says. The community at Bryn Gweled functions as a cooperative, but the community owns

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